NASCAR taking a trip to two new tracks
Road racing. Dirt racing. Two things that gain the attention of race fans as soon as they are mentioned.
NASCAR will be changing up the schedule quite a bit for the Nationwide Series as well as the Camping World Truck Series for the 2013 season.
Tuesday at 11 A.M. will mark the beginning of a new era for NASCAR. A press conference is scheduled at the Nationwide Insurance headquarters in Columbus, Ohio to announce a new track for the Nationwide Series. Present at the conference will be Penske Racing’s Sam Hornish Jr., Matt Jauchius, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Nationwide Insurance as well as Steve O’Donnell, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for NASCAR.
The announcement will be that the Nationwide Series will be replacing the race which has been held at Montreal since 2007 with another road course, keeping the series with three on the schedule. Besides Watkins Glen and Road America, the series’ new venue also has had prestigious racers within the barriers of the track.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course may sound familiar to some fans. The Lexington, Oh track holds an IZOD INDY Car Series race annually as well as NASCAR’s Grand Am Series. 1980 was the time of the first Motorsports event at the facility. Both, the USAC and CART Series raced at the track on July 13, 1980 as Johnny Rutherford won both events. Rutherford was the first driver to break the 200 mph barrier within NASCAR as he set the mark in qualifying during the 1963 Daytona 500 weekend including a win in one of the qualifying races.
The road course won’t be the only addition to the NASCAR schedule for the 2013 season.
The Eldora Speedway, which is owned by Tony Stewart, will likely be hosting a Camping World Truck Series race for the 2013 season and beyond as well, joining the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as another track in the state of Ohio.
Eldora Speedway is a dirt track. The Camping World Truck Series hasn’t been on a dirt track in its history, let alone any NASCAR series since 1970 in Raleigh, NC according to Speed TV. It is unknown when the series will race at the track since there were numerous off-weeks in 2012 which means there are plenty of options for the race. But, when the series enters the track, it should be spectacular as it will be something that most race fans have never seen before.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.